THE West Cork One Act Drama Festival drew to a close after adjudicator Paula Dempsey announced the results. In the Open section Haulbowline Theatre Group’s moving production of ‘A Small Family Murder’ by Simon Brett was awarded first place; Kilmeen Drama Group’s punchy production of ‘Whodidit’ by Neil Harrisson came second and Tipperary based Fr Matthew Players poignant production of ‘Breakfast with Willy’ by Karen Schiff came third.
In the Confined section Whitechurch based Blue Hat Productions memorable presentation of Jim Cartwright’s play ‘Two’ came first; Skibbereen Theatre Group came second with their tender production of ‘No Romance’ by Nancy Harris and in third place was Gunpowder Productions from Ballincollig with their comical presentation of Hugh Leonard’s ‘Pizzazz’.
The adjudicator complimented the high standard of all the groups and had three awards to award. She gave one to Blue Hat Productions for the impressive ability of the two actors, Sean Kelleher and Clare Kelleher to play multiple characters. The second adjudicator award went to the Kilmeen Drama Group for their overall presentation of their play.
They were also awarded the third adjudicator award for the most striking moment of theatre for their fight scene. The Best Actor of the festival was awarded to Eoin Gilley from the Haulbowline group while Blue Hat’s Clare Kelleher was awarded Best Actress. The Best Director award was won by Pat O’Mahony from the Haulbowline group.
The All Ireland One Act Finals take place this year from the second to the fourth of December in the Mill theatre Dundrum.
As always the West Cork One Act Festival committee wish to extend their gratitude to all their sponsors and patrons for their support.